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PT Coupling Learns, Teaches, and Makes Safety

June is a great time of year – the days are getting longer and warmer, everyone is taking vacation, and the kids are out of school. All of this makes it a great time to talk about safety, as these distractions can push it out of our minds. This is why every June is National Safety Month, a month dedicated to addressing safety issues at work, at home, on the roads, and in the community.

National Safety Month 2016 safe for lifePT Coupling Makes Safety 

With our products in use across a number of dangerous industries including the Petroleum sector and chemical and industrials areas, we produce plenty of safety products designed to keep our customers safe. These include:

 

Safety Bump and Safety Lock – Providing a comfortable handle to avoid injury and a bump to protect the hose fittings and ears from damage.
Secure Locks – A great way to secure your couplings to prevent tampering or accidents, great for lock out/tag out needs.
Pressure Safes – Passive safety features to protect the operator from personal injury in the event that quick release cam arms are opened under pressure.
Safety Pumping Systems – Entire systems constructed with the utmost safety in mind, to prevent transloading spills and accidents such as blown hoses.

PT Coupling Learns Safety

Our team is constantly learning the latest in safety procedures, and updating our practices to meet these as well as any new OSHA regulations. This includes sending our team offsite to conferences, seminars, and more. For instance, during National Safety Month, our safety director will be participating in the 2016 Oklahoma Safety & Health Conference – a three-day seminar in which we will learn new safety ideas and tactics to bring back to our team to incorporate into our everyday practices.

PT Coupling Teaches Safety

Of course, all of this does nothing if you don’t spread the word, and we are committed to educating both our workers, as well as external parties. Twice a month, our safety committee comes together to addresses safety issues, including answering questions, clarifying process and policies, discussing OSHA rules and regulations, and more. One of those meetings is a safety audit, while we also allow for additional safety classes during the month as needed. You can see an example of our safety standards and practices for both employees and visitors here.

Our goal at PT Coupling is safety for everyone we touch – from our suppliers to our staff and workers, to our customers and beyond. While National Safety Month is a great yearly reminder, we like to treat safety as something that should be on your mind every day of the year. It keeps everyone going home safe and sound at the end of the day, and that should be the focus of all companies, regardless of size, industry, or reach. So please join us in observing regular safety in all aspects of your life! Wanting more? Take a look at our National Safety Month blog from June 2015!

The Countdown to NTTC and NAHAD is On!

As a continuation of our March blog, we are spreading more news regarding the upcoming shows we will be attending at the end of this month. The NTTC Conference and NAHAD Convention are shaping up to be significant events both within the industry and our company specifically. This year is going to be a personal milestone as we will be celebrating our 65th year in business! Coinciding our celebration, PT Coupling will be exhibiting our industry knowledge and top-quality products on display at each expo.

Digging beyond annual meet ups and exhibits, we appreciate both organizations because they focus on integrity and quality within the industry. These are areas in which our team regularly strives to excel. Today, PT Coupling is eager to spread our core values to our customer base and beyond.

With over 800 delegates attending each conference this April, we’re excited to meet the new faces that will be coming by our displays this year. Make sure to jot down our booth numbers before you head out the door! At NTTC you will find our crew at booth #68. At NAHAD swing by the NAHAD Showcase May 3rd – booths #71 and #72 for the latest updates. Now to break down both events…

When stopping by our NTTC booth you will find our newest API Load/Unload Adapters which are designed with the operator in mind. We would also like to highlight their speed and safety capabilities. With our adapters you will notice improved flow, a rotatable nose ring, a quick release handle and an ergonomic handle. Use them as an alternative for you tanker loading and unloading needs. In addition, we will be featuring our newest line of grooved pipe couplings, as shared in detail on our March blog.

By visiting our NAHAD booth you will be able to explore our American made quick connect/disconnect couplings and replacement parts. We supply the following markets: petroleum, industrial, chemical, and food processing with top-shape products that they know they can rely on. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions and find solutions to any difficult applications you might have.

Choosing to operate a manufacturing company in the U.S. is a decision we are proud of every day, as many attending each event will be able to understand. Our products are produced by following good manufacturing practices, adhering to environmental standards, employing our neighbors, building community, and providing jobs for the next generation. It isn’t always easy, but we are extremely proud to say that our products are U.S. made!

Check out these products and more at NTTC, April 24th-26th at the Marriot Marquis San Diego and NAHAD, April 30th-May 4th at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO.

We hope to see you at both shows and remember to come back for our next blog post where we’ll wrap up the conferences and give you an inside look at our Hospitality event!

Join Up with Us at the Western Petroleum Marketers Association Expo

The 2016 Western Petroleum Marketers Association Expo (WPMAEXPO) is a premier event for petroleum marketers in member states throughout the Western U.S. The WPMA is composed of members who are primarily involved in the wholesale and retail distribution of gasoline and diesel fuel in the states of Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington.

The expo is being held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas on February 16-18 and we will be exhibiting in Booth #1500. Our American-made petroleum handling products are designed to handle the harsh conditions of the industry and will outlast products from other like-minded manufacturers.

At the WPMAEXPO we will be bringing our high-quality quick connect/disconnect fittings to the professionals in the petroleum industry. At the expo we will be featuring couplings, tank truck flanges, tight fit elbows, vapor recovery products, and many other components. In addition to products, we will also be bringing our expertise and knowledge to answer questions and provide valuable information.

We hope to see you at the WPMAEXPO and remember what happens in Vegas at this year’s show (learning about our outstanding products and how they can help make your systems better) doesn’t stay in Vegas!

NAHAD*PTC is a proud affiliate of NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute.  

PT Coupling Kicks off 2016 with Outstanding New Products

At PT Coupling, we believe in the power of ingenuity and that there is always room for improvement. We wouldn’t be a leading manufacturer of quick connect/disconnect couplings without the drive to improve, perfect, and innovate.

We are kicking-off 2016 the right way – by introducing two new products that we are adding to our lineup. The first new item is an expansion of our C50 external crimp system by adding a flange by the hose shank. The C50 style Progrip External Crimp System Flange X Hose Shank is available in 4 unique fitting styles manufactured from 316 stainless steel:

• PFFC50: A specially designed floating ANSI 150# pipe flange by C50 style hose shank stub end that allow the floating flange to slide over a crimped sleeve or ferrule. Because the hose assembler has the option of sliding the flange down the hose, the crimp machine doesn’t have to open up to clear the flange diameter. Available in 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, 3”, and 4”.
• PFC50: An ANSI B16.5 class 150# pipe flange by C50 style external crimp hose shank which is a fixed pipe flange by the hose shank. Available in 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, 3”, 4”, and 6”.
• TBC50: A C50 style hose shank stub end designed to fit a standard 150# ANSI lap joint pipe flange. Available in 2”, 3”, and 4”.
• TTFC50: A TTMA tank truck flange by C50 style external crimp hose. This is a fixed tank truck flange by hose shank. Available in 3” and 4”.

The expanded family of C50 external crimp system will offer another level of ease and safety to users in the petroleum, chemical, food, and industrial sectors.

Our second new product introduction that will improve liquid and dry transfer applications is an Aluminum Grooved Pipe Coupling. These couplings are a cost effective alternative to heavy duty grooved pipe couplings for use in applications that do not require high pressure. The integrated stud bolts and nuts enable quick and easy assembly and the unique profile allows expansion during installation and protects the seal from damage. Grooved pipe couplings are available in 3 sizes:

Grooved Pipe Coupling Feb. 2016• 2” with rating up to 400 psi
• 3” with rating up to 200 psi
• 4” with rating up to 150 psi

Aluminum Grooved Pipe Couplings are also available with a choice of Viton® or Buna seals.

These products can be found in our online catalog, through our mobile friendly app, and are coming to our website!

Keep an eye out for our next blog where we will tell you about our upcoming trip to the Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA) convention. We’ll be exhibiting in Booth #1500 and will provide you with further information coming soon!

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*PTC is a proud affiliate of NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute.  

The Year That Was: 2015

2015 was a busy year for PT Coupling. We’ve been traveling to 2015 Dec. Blog Imagetrade shows, giving back to the community, and of course manufacturing the best quick connect/disconnect fittings on the market today. The end of the year is a nice time to look back at the past year and reflect on all that we’ve done.

Our family owned company continues to bring new and innovative products to our customers. This year we traveled to many events to exhibit and network with the industries we serve. Our busy calendar had us setting out to the NAHAD Convention and the NTTC Expo in April, the Pacific Oil Conference in September, the annual PEI Convention/NACS tradeshow in October, and the National Tank Truck Carriers’Tank Truck Week” and the “Clean Gulf Show” in November.

At all of these events we were able to demonstrate our outstanding products and help industry professionals troubleshoot and find solutions to many of their problems. We also had time to mingle with past customers and network with potential customers in a casual and entertaining setting. At PEI, for instance, we featured petroleum handling fittings and nozzles that are used in all stages of petroleum manufacturing, transportation, and logistics, as well as fuel transfer applications. Bringing our products to an exhibition allows us to reach a large audience with the same goals in mind.

While it is our mission to serve our customers and industries, we are also proud to support the communities in which we live, work, play and learn. In 2015, we contributed to the support of more than a dozen non-profit organizations. We are proud to be a leading community sponsor of the United Way, both at the corporate level and through our generous employee donations. We sponsor the Garfield Child Advocacy Center, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Ambucs and all our areal schools. We are especially proud to be able to support Leonardo’s Discovery Children’s Museum capital campaign as this historical museum founded by astronaut Owen K. Garriott is undergoing an extensive renovation. Leonardo’s is an interactive science and art center for the children of the community. The fun learning opportunities enrich and inspire the lives of all the children who visit. We have been involved with the museum for many years and are working to ensure that it remains a vital resource in the community for years to come.

As this busy and exciting year comes to a close, we are already looking forward to the adventures we’ll have in 2016! We will keep you up-to-date on all of our activities and travels!

From the PT Coupling family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

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*PTC is a proud affiliate of NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute.  

See Our Made-In-America Couplings and Clamps for Petroleum, Trucking and Safety products at ‘National Tank Truck Week’ and ‘Clean Gulf Show’

November is a busy month for us here at PT Coupling! Look for us at both the National Varied Image of Safety Pump System 2Tank Truck Carriers’ “Tank Truck Week” in Houston and the “Clean Gulf Show” in New Orleans. At these shows, we will be featuring our entire line of couplings, Petroleum handling products and Safety Pumping system, Punch-Lok’s hose clamps, and banding, our ProGrip line of external crimp and internal expansion systems, and Hose management engraving systems with our new colored banding. “Tank Truck Week” and “Clean Gulf Show” will be happening simultaneously, but our team will be staffing our exhibit booths in both locations and be on-hand to answer any questions about the American-made quick connect/disconnect couplings and replacement parts we manufacture and distribute.

NTTC Logo Image Oct. 2015“Tank Truck Week” takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, November 11th-13th, with the PT Coupling exhibit at Booth 416. Tank Truck Week is “the premier tank truck industry event” and is attended by representatives from the trucking and transportation industries, and anyone involved in the maintenance, safety and cleaning of tanks. This year’s event agenda includes a variety of educational sessions, plus a US DOT Cargo Tank Test Workshop for industry professionals. National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) is a trade association of trucking companies specializing in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America. More information about the organization can be found on the NTTC website.

Safety Bump ImageThe “Clean Gulf Show” is a three-day event happening at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, November 10th-12th. This conference focuses on safety preparedness in the oil industry and is attended by professionals involved in the exploration, production, transportation and storage of oil and hazardous materials. The show “provides a forum for responders, operators, regulators, equipment providers and environmental groups to openly discuss best practices and lessons-learned.” This show is an ideal setting for PT Coupling products, which are designed to promote safety in many different industries and manufacturing operations. Look for the PT Coupling exhibit in Booth 325, where you’ll find Safety Bumps, Secure-Loks, Pressure Safe products, hose management systems, Punch-Lok’s punch type clamps, banding/strapping and safety boxes, and other safety-related products on display.

Clean Gulf Logo Image Oct. 2015If you’re not able to make it to either Houston or New Orleans this month, you can check out our products on our website, or give us a call at 800-654-0320, and we’d be happy to tell you more about the American-made quick connect/disconnect couplings, clamps, and replacement parts for the petroleum, chemical and industrial markets that we manufacture and distribute.

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*PTC is a proud affiliate of NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute.  

Safety Awareness is on the Calendar for June

In June we celebrate dads, grads, and SADs (Safety Awareness Days). Actually, we hold our company to safety awareness days all year long, but June has been designated as National Safety Council LogoNational Safety Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. Naturally, we thought this would be a good time to talk about the importance of safety in manufacturing and how we are constantly working to keep our employees and facilities safe.

Staying safe takes work; whether you are at work, at home, out in the community, or on the road. The National Safety Council provides materials and programs to raise awareness and prevent accidents from occurring. Here at PT Coupling, safety awareness is an ongoing commitment that each and every employee is involved with.

Accidents are a leading cause of missed work days, and most are preventable. Since becoming proactive in safety training and awareness, our accident rate has gone down by almost 90%. How have we accomplished this?

Our safety committee, made up of one employee from each department, meets two times per month, with a safety audit being one of those meetings. These meeting allow us to discuss questions/concerns of each department, policies, OSHA rules, safety issues and follow-ups. We have recently completed a new safety video for employees and are working on one for visitors as well.

Engaging employees in valuing safety is a large part of our success. Our motto is INJAM—It’s Not Just About Me—because working together means being mindful of how our actions affect those around us. Following a “safety first” mindset prepares workers for being responsible for their own safety, which in return, helps to keep others safe.

Each month safety issues are reviewed with all employees including topics like tornado shelters, fire safety, electrical safety, ergonomics, etc. On-site safety classes are provided for emergency response training and each area has one to two designated First Responders.

We have also implemented improvements to help employees feel better on the job. Stretch and flex exercises and five minute breaks give workers a chance to recharge, improve their attitude, aid flexibility, and get their blood flowing. The positive response to these improvements has been incredible.

Safety affects everyone, and everyone must be involved. Our company has belonged to Captive Resources Insurance Group for five years and has successfully increased safety awareness across all departments.

First Quarter Recap: What has PT Coupling Been Up to?

The first quarter of 2015 has been filled with many exciting and stimulating events. Our
involvement in a wide range of industries leads us to new opportunities at every turn. To recap what’s been happening with PT Coupling lately, here are just a few recent events and activities that expand on our commitment to quality in every aspect of our business.

As we mentioned in our last blog, we attended the NAHAD Convention and the NAHAD 2015 Amy, Marketing Director Matt, PresidentNTTC Expo. The turnout for both shows was remarkable. We introduced Safety Pumping Systems to a new audience and received very positive feedback. As a system that is a great benefit to the haulers of crude and refined petroleum products, we were happy to be greeted with such enthusiasm. (Amy Parrish, Marketing Director, with brother Matt, President, left).

Another new introduction that was favorably received was the Logo Store feature on our app. Many visitors commented on how easy and informative these electronic offerings are to use. As we continue to move into the future we will continue to add technology that enhances our services.

At our trade show booths, we also included the Performance Distributor Program (PDP) which recognized outstanding work of our team of top performing and loyal distributors to PT Coupling Company. The NAHAD and PDP Award Imagedistributors that showed the highest degree of dedication to PT Coupling’s products, by carrying most of our products, attending onsite training events, and using the equipment was rewarded with top honors to show our appreciation for all of their hard work in 2014. (From the left, Jim Parrish, Chairman & Owner of PTC, Eric Von Kaenel & Bob Jacobs, Goodyear Rubber Products Inc., winners of the PDP, Tom Martin, PTC South East Rep., Matt Parrish, right). Everyone who participated in the PDP last year also received a plaque. We wouldn’t be successful without these dedicated distributors.

We also attended the NAHAD Hospitality Party, a unique mini-trade show event, held in Candy Bar ImageSouth Beach, Florida. This exclusive event brings together manufacturers with different specialties. The annual, white-tie gala was attended by about 300 guests and 9 manufacturers. With everyone doing something different – candy bar (right), sushi, etc. – this was a fun and non-competitive event to network and socialize with others in the hospitality industry.

Now that the first quarter is past, we are heading into the second quarter with a full plate of projects and events. Stay tuned to see what PT Coupling has coming up.

Come See Us at the NAHAD Convention & the NTTC Expo!

Like many of you, attending a trade show is a fun day at work for us. We believe in the value of attending trade shows to get out and network with customers and industry professionals. There isn’t a better way to inform a large, focused audience on what we’ve been up to in the last year.

We will, again, be exhibiting at both the NAHAD Convention and the NTTC. It will be a busy April for us, but we look forward to these shows each year.

At this year’s events we will be highlighting our newest systems and services. We have just debuted our new digital catalog, and mobile app, so that you have all of our products at your fingertips when you need them. This comprehensive web-based catalog and app lets you link to additional information and bring the showroom with you wherever you are.

The Logo Store is a feature on the new app that includes QR codes for fast and easy product information and ordering. For anyone who stops by our booth at the upcoming NAHAD convention – we will be giving out a 50% off coupon to the Logo Store. Details on our electronic offerings are available here or check out our quick and easy QR codes below!

2015 Full Line Catalog QR Code

 

– 2015 Full Line Catalog

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– PT Coupling’s Logo Store

PT Coupling Mobile App (iOs & Android)

 

– PT Coupling’s Mobile App (iOs & Android)

We are also proud to introduce a new, innovative product for transloading applications. The Safety Pumping System is specially designed to prevent spills when discharging any liquid from a tanker truck. When pumping stops, the product in the hose is sucked back into the truck allowing the hose to be disconnected without leaking. In addition to preventing the loss of product, this system protects the environment from contamination. We are very excited to bring this system to the attention of the industry.

To meet with us and hear more about our newest offerings, please stop by our booths at these expos:

NAHAD’s annual conventionNAHAD Convention logo will be taking place in Miami on April 23-27. Dedicated to hose distributors, manufacturers and suppliers, the NAHAD convention offers education seminars, business networking opportunities, and exhibits that showcase hose solutions. We will be in Booths 105 and 106 on Sunday at the NAHAD Showcase 8:30am-1:00pm.

NTTC logoNTTC (National Tank Truck Carriers) Annual Conference and Exhibit is being held in Boston on April 26-28. This conference brings tank truck carrier executives, private fleet managers, shippers and trucking professionals from North America together with the industry’s leading suppliers for education programs, advocacy, and exhibitions. You can find us in Booth 412.

We hope that you will stop by and say “hello” if you will be attending either one of these conferences. We look forward to connecting with current customers and showcasing our outstanding products and services to future customers.

Manufacturing Day

logoManufacturing Day, which is an annual event that takes place on October 3rd, was the perfect day for PT Coupling to celebrate how proud we are to be an proud American manufacturer of couplings for the petroleum, industrial, chemical, and food grade markets. Our products are made in America, by Americans.

One thing we like to use Manufacturing Day for – also referred to as MFG Day – is to explain to the public just what it is that we do, and what kinds of skills we are looking for. Many American manufacturers, us included, face a looming skills gap. Over the years, our education system has fallen away from the core STEM skills. Part of the MFG Day activities is us spreading the word about the need for STEM education, and an increase in workers from the STEM fields.

STEM refers to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – four skill areas that American manufacturers are in need of now, and in the future. These skill areas are needed throughout the manufacturing process – from design, to production, through to quality control, a background in these skills is absolutely necessary. This education background will help to guarantee the success of the individual in the manufacturing field, and will provide plenty of chances for growth.

MFG Day provides the chance for us to meet with future STEM scholars and show them the promising career in American manufacturing that may lie ahead of them, should they pursue their studies. A strong manufacturing future makes for a strong future for the community and the country.

PT Coupling is happy to spread the word of Manufacturing Day, and we hope that you will take part in the day with us as your local American manufacturer. Don’t forget, while Manufacturing Day is only once a year, we are working every day to provide the best in American-made couplings for industry.